Micrscope

Description
Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek (1635-1723) was a Dutch tradesman who became interested in microscopy while on a visit to London in 1666. Returning home, he began making simple microscopes of the sort that Robert Hooke had described in his, Micrographia, and using them to discover objects invisible to the naked eye.
In 1886, John Mayall, a prominent English microscopist, made drawings of an original Leeuwenhoek microscope that belonged to the Zoological Laboratories at the University of Utrecht, and that a Dutch professor had brought to London. Replicas followed soon thereafter.
Ref: J. Mayall, “Leeuwenhoek’s Microscopes,” Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 6 (1886): 1047-1049.
J. van Zuylen, “The Microscopes of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek,” Journal of Microscopy 121 (1981): 309-328.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
microscope replica
date made
1957
maker
Bausch and Lomb Optical Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 2 1/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 2.54 cm x 5.3975 cm x 6.6675 cm
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
ID Number
MG*M-12187
accession number
272522
catalog number
M-12187
272522.02
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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